The Scotland Island Festival
It is the end of a long day and week, but
I had to send you this message of congratulations in case your heads
were not already exploding, which they deserve to be, (I hope you are
invigorated and not too exhausted) as I feel it was the most fantastic
day for everyone who was there in the park today and especially tonight
Emmie.. Great music, great art, great vibrations, great weather, thank
god (whichever one). What a fantastic parade, the most marvellous finale
to a wonderful community event. It is a long time since I have felt
these good vibrations of
community spirit. (I have been here and active in all aspects of the
community since 1976) There was so much to see and do. I wished I could
have participated in many more activities, but being a stall holder I
did enjoy meeting many different people, residents and visitors to the
Island, everyone with a smile on their face, in this our earthly
What a great day was had by all and sundry, and You, (capital Y) Claire
and Emmie and all your delegates, workers, helpers, hangers on and
performers made it happen. Oh to be young again in years, but in spirit
and a just slightly wrinkly body, I am with you !!!
The Art Exhibition has been a great success. Not since the original "Art
from Overseas Exhibition" at the Tramshed in Narrabeen many years ago
can I recall such a great response to us "off shore artists" of many
I enjoyed the late nights, lack of sleep and early mornings and being
part of the whole event. Thank your for your commitment to our local
community. I look forward to being part or your next happening, and I am
sure there will be many others to join your local Band.
Photos of the Scotland
Hundreds of photos were taken of the
people and the surroundings at the Scotland Island Fair of October 31st.
A selection of 400+ can be seen by visiting:
www.scotlandisland.org.au/fair2004 or by
A very special thanks to Hubert for providing these images. Warning:
They will only stay on the website for 30 days, due to the great volume!
Enjoy. Note: If you have attempted to view these photos earlier in the
month, have another go! I have optimised the page considerably in the
last few days.
History Corner with
When next your vehicle's tyres are
thumping along the concrete stretches of Pittwater Road on the long and
winding trek from Sydney Harbour to the Lorelei temptations of Scotland
Island, consider the never flagging curiosity of Captain Phillip to find
a path to Pittwater.
On June 7, 1789, he sent Captain Collins, Captain Johnson, Surgeon White
and a small party of men from the good ship Sirius "all armed with
muskets" to set out from the north coast of Port Jackson to "find a
parth to Pittwater".
Having left Port Jackson at 6 a.m., "they proceeded along the sea coast
to the north" and arrived at Pittwater at 3 p.m. "after a long and
fatiguing journey" (Some S.I.residents can identify with that} They saw some natives and called to
them in their own manner "co-wee" which signified , they said, "come
here"., Captain Collins had ordered the boats to take provisions round
by water so that they might stay some days, which they did and they then
returned to their ship , again on foot, leaving the boats behind in
Their journey back was extremely tiring and, when they reached the north
part of Port Jackson , they found the path they had followed led them to
a place where "the North-West Harbour lay between us and the ship" and
they "might as well have been fifty leagues from her". At last they
found a canoe which had been hidden by the natives and tried to cross
the North West Harbour but it "upset and went to the bottom". They tried
to build a catamaran which also sank .
A letter from one of the party named Hunter recorded t hat "the last
march had torn all but the soals from my feet". They were now desperate
for food for they had left supplies in Pittwater and Hunter was
determined to struggle back accompanied by Captain Collins. Then one man
proposed that they should try to swim across and they started "after
each having a dram".
They tied their clothes in bundles and placed them on their heads and so
"reached the opposite shore" . One of the party, seized with cramp, had
to literally drop his bundle .and at last, after an adventurous swim ,
reached the Sirius. Only one of the party was still clothed and the
others "perfectly naked".
... Leicester Warburton
The Scotland Island Art Show
This art show was part of the Scotland
Island 2004 festival and was a huge success! Hundreds of paintings and
other objects were exhibited and a large number were sold. The Mayor of
Pittwater, Lynne Czinner opened the show in the presence of a good
number of residents. A marvellous supper was provided together with
copious quantities of the finest wine!
The photos below are of the Mayor, Lynne
Czinner and president of SIRA, Shar Jones and local island resident
Annette Ritchie with Lynne Czinner
As to the results...
37 Artists exhibited
over 85 pieces and 17 of the Artists sold a total of 33 pieces - a
very good result.
The silent Auction of panels donated by the artists raised $1,860.00
($590 for Oxfam - $1065 for the Kindy and $205 for the firies - Each
Artist indicated which charity they wanted to donate the monies to)
The Artists talks were fascinating and of course also very
successful with over 120 people attending over the 6 days., . Next
time we will schedule some in the evenings so more people (those who
work during the day) can attend
for Friday 12 November 2004
All those who missed the Scotland Island Festival will have to wait two
years for another such treat. Emmy Collins and Claire Atkins are totally
The music, art, performances, dancing,
stalls, and talks with creative locals were really top-notch and on
Sunday evening there was a fantastic candle light procession led by the
Island children. Thanks to Claire, Emmy and all the others who helped
make this month-long celebration such a success.
Thought for the Day
1. The Japanese eat very little fat and
suffer fewer heart attacks than the British, Americans, Australians or
2. The French eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than
the British, Americans, Australians or Kiwis.
3. The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer less heart attacks
than the British, Americans, Australians or Kiwis.
4. Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and also have fewer
heart attacks than the British, Americans, Australians or Kiwis.
5. Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and
suffer fewer heart attacks than the British, Americans, Australians or
Eat and drink what you like - speaking English is apparently what kills
The Scotland Island Ballet
proudly presents it's Annual Christmas Presentation of The Nutcracker
in the Community Hall on Sunday 5 December 2004 at 5.00pm
More information by
Following the performance there will be a party for children, so please
bring a plate
Entry is a gold coin
Whether you are new to the Island or an old-timer, come along and share
in this enchanting community experience performed by the Island's
budding ballerinas and choreographed by our own amazing “living
treasure”, Trudi Engler
The DVD and the video
is now available!
12 years of highlights of the Scotland Island Players compiled into 22
See the faces, hear the music, cringe at the jokes!
PLUS, on the same DVD you’ll get the entire CARAVAN play, performed by
Nettie, Mark, Tracey, Paul, John and Jessica in October this year.
For your copy contact Boyd on 0417 991 499 – you can pick up a copy on
the Island or at the Point.
DVD’s $20, Videos $30
Pittwater Rowing Club
Sunday December 12, 2004
Launch your scull, skiff or other kind of rowing shell!
Meet at Tennis Wharf, Scotland Island and row to Treharne Cove.
Contact Juha Havukainen 9999-4771 or Katie Wilson 9979-1384.
Newcomer to the island
My name is Tristan Lange and I am
currently living in a somewhat cold and wet Ireland. I have lived in
Sydney between 1996 - 2000 and married an Australian Girl. At this stage
we are committed to returning to Sydney and will be buying a property on
Scotland Island as the lifestyle and beauty seem second to none. I have
already visited the Island and will be back again this Christmas just to
try and find out more about living on the Island as we hope to move
across early next year.
I presume that there are plenty of people who have moved to the Island
and as I will be moving from Ireland with my wife and two Labradors is
there anybody out there who can provide some advice that will make the
transition a bit easier. Hindsight is a great thing and if other people
have experiences they would like to share I would really appreciate it.
My email address is email@example.com
Thanking you in advance and I look forward to moving to this community
Possums - a pest or a pleasure?
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to
write about the brushtail possums on the island. Here as follows the web
links providing excellent information in regard to common problems with
Recently I’ve been back to the island for a 3rd check on the local
brushtail possum population. I’ve been trying to recapture microchipped
possums to monitor their survival, health and number of offspring.
Possums are territorial and once they’re adult stay within a small area
which enables me to recapture them. Maybe you have lately noticed that
the females carry a young on their back, a so-called backrider? Now is
the time for the young possums to find a new home. Brushtails
unfortunately have the habit to take up residence in accessible house
cavities, their favourite is the roof and they may also enjoy a variety
of garden plants.
If you don’t want to
possums around your place, make sure, your house is well-maintained and
possums can’t get access to it. Ever wondered, why the food from the
bird-feeder is gone in the morning, or old fruits are missing from the
compost bin? Make sure you possum-proof all sources of non-natural
Try to patch up an entry hole to the roof
at dark after the possum has left your roof. If you have to do major
repair work and therefore need to remove a possum from your roof, you’ll
need to obtain a license from National Parks. This allows you to trap
the possum for one day, but after dark you will have to release the
possum back on your property, relocation to a bushland area is not an
option anymore since 1998. Reason is that several studies have shown
that brushtail possums don’t survive relocation. They are territorial
animals - removed to another area, they encounter competition by
resident possums, have no den site, may be naïve to the new environment
and are easy prey for foxes – more then 70% of all relocated possums
died within the first week in Pietsch’s study (1994)! It is considered
cruel to relocate possums from properties and if a roof really can’t be
possum-proofed a license for euthanasia of the ‘nuisance’ possum by a
vet can be obtained from National Parks. But the non-fixed spot in your
roof is likely to attract soon other possums… so trouble may start
If you’d like to provide an alternative home for a roof-evicted possum,
you could put up a possum nest box and instructions on building a box
can be found on the National Parks website (DEH 2004).
There is some excellent information about how to ‘live in harmony with
possums’ on the websites of Victoria and Tasmania. Advice how to
“possum-proof” house & garden is given and it is worthwhile having a
look at them.
If you want to learn more about possums in general, I recommend Anne
A big “thank you” to all the islanders who helped me again so much and
don’t mind me ‘chasing’ ‘their’ possums.
Jutta (Jutta can be contacted at:
Wanting to Rent
We are a family with 2 young children, excited about moving from Inner
Sydney to join the Scotland Island community. We are looking to rent for
12 months while getting our feet (or is that our sea legs?), and would
like to hear from anyone who is looking to rent a waterfront home
commencing any time from now thru to end January in time for the start
of the new school year. We can be flexible to cater for owners school
holiday requirements. Willing to pay good rates and actively maintain
residence for the right property. Contact Cathy 0410 335 965 on or email
yoga on Scotland Island.
If your looking for something to de-stress and aid your fitness consider
the Yoga classes held each Wednesday morning from 9.00 – 10.00am in
either the Community Centre or outside, depending on the weather. The
Yoga might be a bit different from that you have tried before. It is:
• Ki Yoga (sometimes called Oki Yoga) is based on teachings from Oki
• it links traditional style asanas with Chinese medicine and holistic
approach to body, mind, spirit and health
• and works on meridians (same as acupuncture and shiatsu)
• there are similar poses to Hatha yoga, along with shiatsu massages and
• the emphasis on the out breath (elimination)
• and the routines change according to season/ time of day/ state of
Wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a thick mat.
The teacher is Anne Palmer who can be contacted on 9999 3478 or 0410 574
New Years Eve @ the Fire
Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade is delighted to invite members
and friends to join in the festivities of New Years Eve at the
Station. There will be live music, food, drink and great company
and we look forward to seeing you there. Keep an eye out for
posters with details (going up soon on a pole near you).
What does Total
Fire Ban actually mean??
Total Fire Bans are imposed on days
of extreme fire danger, coming into effect from midnight that day
and lasting for 24 hours. During a Total Fire Ban, no fires can be
lit and permits held are not valid. This includes fires in
designated fireplaces, incinerators and barbeques which use solid
fuel such as wood or charcoal and stoves that use gas or liquid fuel
(such as petrol, shellite or methylated spirits). The use of
electric and gas-fire appliances for cooking may be permitted where
the appliance is under the direct control of an adult, is located at
least 3 metres away from any combustible materials and has an
adequate water supply adjacent. For further information on Total
Fire Bans and other useful information, call Scotland Island Rural
Fire Brigade on 9999 4404 or visit the Rural Fire Service website at
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